Yesterday was the Summer Solstice and a rare full moon to boot-I was lucky to wake up to a beautiful visitor (two of them, actually) coming in off the beach.
In a few weeks, I will be heading to Los Angeles, and then Japan. Inspired by the upcoming travel, I am making rock star pieces for photo shoots in Tokyo, and Fuji Rock. Japan’s biggest outdoor music festival, the line up features The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Lee Scratch Perry, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, and many more! I will be traveling with my brother and his bandJump With Joey (playing the theme song in the video below)
Recently Jeffro, Spencer and I got out the big guns to texture some copper for a sculpture project. We tried different calibers and ranges to see what kind of patterns we could create. As everything seems to be interconnected, the “scraps” from the sculpture are being made into some “killer” cuffs and buckles.
Our target was copper sheet, which we shot full of holes at various ranges.
Shot through the heart!
Belt buckles, detail of texture
Lichen Buckle- buckshot texture, acid etched copper with sea glass
Here is an in-process shot of our Kingfisher sculpture….
After being shot, the copper is etched in acid, then cut into smaller pieces…
Jeffro uses the torch to selectively char the wood.
Our process began with a shotgun blast, followed by an acid bath and fire…we can hardly wait to see what happens next!
I have been doing a lot of etching this Spring, including a series of the Major Arcana.
Here are some recent jewelry projects:
Custom ring for Jessamyn
Ammolite pendant, photo by Marcy Merrill
Gemini ring-ancient silver coin, Greek. circa 280 B.C.photo by Marcy Merrill
Crown buckle, fresh off the bench!
I will end this post with the promise to update my blog from Japan, and the hope that you have a magical summer !